Are you impressed? This market hog was the first place winner in his heavy weight class at the Hookstown Fair and then went on to be named Grand Champion Market Hog over the whole 4-H market hog show.
When you watch animals being judged in livestock shows, the judge gives a set of "reasons" when he places the animals in winning order, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc. Having taken a 3 credit class in livestock judging at Penn State, your blogger is always tuned in to the reasons. From year to year, there are fads & changes in the phrasing of reasons and you'll hear certain comments repeated at different shows. Examples include things like describing a hog as "a free-wheeling kinda hog" to praise structurally correct freely moving feet and legs. Lambs are described as "tight- hided" when describing smoothness of skin over properly muscled shoulders, etc.
Tonight a new quote in livestock reasons has dazzled Wild Rose Farm! The judge described this hog, praising his structural correctness, freedom of movement, outstanding muscling, and uniformity of finish. He just liked the "total package". The quote of the evening was when he praised the young man showing this hog by saying that in comparison to the rest of the class, "He brought a gun to a knife fight"!
Yowza! We love that oratory! Well, maybe it's just me, but here's another view of the star of the showring: